The Sunshine Club

The-Sunshine-Club-Claire-Warrillow-and-Garret-LyonA musical classic not to be missed, Sydney Coliseum Theatre is proud to present the award-winning landmark musical, The Sunshine Club on Friday 12 April 2024.

Written and directed by proud Quandamooka man, Wesley Enoch and featuring music composed by John Rodgers – The Sunshine Club is an energetic and thought-provoking piece of musical theatre with a talented cast of 11 First Nations artists, alongside a 5-piece live band.

written and directed by proud Noonuccal Nuugi man Wesley Enoch AM, an acclaimed creative force in Australian Theatre. This energetic and engaging musical play has a variety of music styles, with 28 songs composed by the esteemed John Rodgers.

Set in 1946, this joyful and acclaimed musical tells the story of Frank Doyle, an Aboriginal serviceman who has come home from World War II to find that although the wider world may have changed, attitudes back home in Brisbane are just the same.

Filled with a defiant energy and ambition for a better life, Frank starts The Sunshine Club, a place where all people are welcome to come together, laugh, romance, and most importantly, dance. Here he dreams of a future where he can dance in step with Rose, the girl next door, the girl of his dreams.

“I initially wrote this as a way of bringing people together, especially in the reconciliation movement, this notion of black and white dancing together and the stories of our history, especially post World War II,” said Wesley Enoch, AM, writer, and director of The Sunshine Club.

“In this post or living with COVID world, it’ll be even more important to see that cultural bonds can be formed by gathering as groups & dealing with social issues together.”

Twenty-five years after it was originally presented, The Sunshine Club will be presented by HIT Productions across the country in a national tour.

“The openness and joy radiating from The Sunshine Club is certain to make your spirits soar.” Sydney Morning Herald

Writer & Director: Wesley Enoch | Featuring: Garret Lyon, Claire Warrillow, Roxanne McDonald, Dale Pengelly, Tehya Makani, Colin Smith, Leeroy Tipiloura, Rune Nydal, Jade Lomas-Ronan, Chloe Rose-Taylor | Musical Director: Shenzo Gergorio | Consultant MD: Wayne Freer | Lighting Designer: Ben Hughes | Set & Costume: Adrienne Chisholm | Music: John Rodgers | Producer: Christine Harris & HIT Productions

The Sunshine Club
Sydney Coliseum Theatre – West HQ, 33 Railway Street, Rooty Hill
Performance: Friday 12 April 2024
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Image: Claire Warrillow and Garret Lyon star in The Sunshine Club (supplied)